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Artist: PAUL DOLDEN
Title: Dèlires de plaisirs
Format: CD
Label: Empreintes Digitales (@)
Rated: *****
Composer Paul Dolden arrives at his fourth album on the prestigious canadian label Empreintes Digitales. As you probably know if you ever heard something on this label you know they often deal with material that's "learned music", but at the same time their rooster is full of musicians with a big personality: the obvious result is that the most of their releases is simply out of ordinary. Paul Dolden shows he combined such a big range of influences that's hard to think how he can mix it all together, do you think I'm exaggerating?...ok, who else ever mixed together "contemporary classic music" (it reminds me basically of many contemporary american composer of the last half of Twentieth century), keyboards that "taste" of Mike Olfield crossed with Philip Glass, fast guitar-solos in the style of Satriani tripping for Paganini exercises and a good amount of studio production?. The first four tracks are different movements of Dolden's latest work: "Entropic Twilights", "The gravity of silence. Resonance #5" and "The heart tears itself part with the power of its own muscle. Resonance #3" (great title!!) instead have been composed in the midst of the nineties, but the personal style of this composer was already formed therefore it all sounds homogeneous. Can you imagine "contemporary-classic-glam-music"?..well that's it! I think there's a lot of irony in the music and in the approach of this canadian: on the cover of this digipack there's the shadow of a long haired biker playing a violin while flying surrounded by mountains, some guitar necks are hanging on the back of his motorcycle and instead of being followed by gas his bike is followed by notes. I can't say I've been blown away by this cd but for sure I've never heard anything like that before.
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Artist: CHABZ / KRIZO (@)
Title: GrowGrow / Test Lies
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Sonic 360 (@)
Rated: *****
Chabz and Krizo are two different projects linked because of the Hungarian collective Realistic Crew, which sees the partecipation of K. Vranic and Cs Kalotas (the two guys behind them). Sonic 360 release consists of a twin CD E.P. where each project present six tracks. Chabz's E.P. is titled GROWGROW and the six tracks contained are focused on hip hop rhythms and ambient sounds where East European flavours and sounds are dilated and melt into distorted basslines (dear to grime music). Scratches and feedback are mixed with synth pads and loops, creating a solid urban soundscape. Krizo's E.P. TEST LIES sounds a little more grime thanks to the different kind of rhymths used and thank to a more darkish atmosphere. Listening to "My empty things" seems to watch a noir movie of the future where jazz music turned into something sicker. "Delutan" is slighty more lounge thanks to the dilated piano lines and to the voice loops. "You" is a jazzy tune really dark and the vocal parts make it perfect for a Spillane book. With "Trashlife" the grime influences come back but mixed with experimental ambient parts. At a first listenind Krizo's E.P. is the one that I liked most but I have to admit that both of them are really good. England is not the only place good for this sounds, so check them out!
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Artist: REGENERATOR (@)
Title: Disease
Format: CD
Label: Alfa Matrix (@)
Distributor: Soulfood
Rated: *****
The already seventh full length release of the US duo REGENERATOR deals thematically with animal consumption and its effect on human health. Not new indeed – especially for this band – but still a favorite theme by several acts. REGENERATOR although try not to shock the interested audience nor they behave like preachers which try to push people on their point of view – they only try to make facts known so that everybody can decide on its own. If they will ever reach their target is doubtful. I miss something more shocking to grab attention, something what smacks people literally in their face. Nothing against the message transported with the nice female vocals, while the male and mostly in the background active vocals could need some progression. It is the music which lacks on interesting moments. Still the same poor bass line sequences, still the same sounds with no real variation and the overall Futurepop-like attitude – it bores after four heard tracks. It was meant to take some dancefloors at the dark clubs but I doubt more and more that the club visitors will dig this. Too much average here – only the track "End of File" makes a step towards with some differences on the drums and bass lines. This release only made me to have a listen back to their self-titled debut back in 1993, out on Hyperium. What do you think, was the main reason that I haven’t enjoyed it? Right on, I felt the music was too unspectacular...
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Artist: THEATRES DES VAMPIRES
Title: Pleasure and pain
Format: CD
Label: DreamCell 11 (@)
Rated: *****
"Modern gothic metal" and its clichè are well coded into the DNA of "Pleasure and pain", therefore if you're into this style here you got a good morsel for your tiny vampire teeth!. The production is solid even if every once in a while the vocals are a bit "weak" and probably also the mastering could have been a bit more bombastic. This cd in enriched by some good melodies, at last I've used the term "clichè" because Theatre des Vampires know how everything should be done to stick perfectly to the genre and they way they follow this lane is a bit too dogmatic sometimes. The female vocals are sweet while their male singer recalls vocalist such as Aaron from My Dying Bride or the mighty Peter Steel (Type O Negative, Carnivore). Honestly also the music is not so far from the combos I've mentioned even if Theatres des Vampires are not equally powerful, the italians give much more emphasis to romance (sure with such a name!). A touch of dark music flows in their veins, let's say Sister of Mercy is the name even if I can't say if that's a direct influence. After all, the "mainstream" label is not out of place for a release like that, the structures and the production are good hints to justify that. Although it may sound obvious: If you're into their style, I'm sure you can dig Theatres des Vampires, if you're not...you'd better look somewhere else.
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Artist: AKEUM SON (@)
Title: Akeum Son
Format: CD EP
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Mika and JiN are two guys that decided, despise the distance between them (JiN is from France and Kika from Sweden) to form a band: Akeum Son. Producing music since 2002 the duo always tried to find new ways of producing new sounds full of melodies and atmosphere. The five tracks of CDr try and succeed into the creation of horrorific atmospheres using e.b.m / industrial sounds. The vocals remember me the whisphered Clock DVA songs (like on "Poema de muerte"), while musically the tracks don't make me remember no band in particular but globally they could be used with success in horror movies full of tension. Sometimes the tracks lose the melodic lines to advantage the soundtrack effect but this isn't a weak point, because the general effect produced by the five tracks is always interesting and functional.
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